For me, the best time to enjoy steamboat is none other than rainy days. It has been raining non stop in the evenings recently so it was the perfect time to try out a new steamboat restaurant, 100C located in NZX (Niu Ze Xui). Besides being a steamboat restaurant, 100C also has teppanyaki and BBQ. This is great for gatherings that involve people who are not into steamboat, as they can order other food instead.
There are four set meals starting from RM39.90 which increments of RM20 for a bigger and better portion. We had 100°C’s Special Homemade Combo Set @ RM59.90 that came with some seafood, dumplings, wantan, self made meat balls, vegetable and two cakes of yee mee. Here, everyone will have their individual cooking pot like shabu-shabu style for none other than hygiene purposes.
The seafood included fresh prawns, scallops, bamboo clams and some self made fish balls.
Some ordinary processed meat balls. The cone shaped plastic actually contained some fish paste, which can be squeezed out shaped like noodle into the boiling soup.
11 varieties of soup is available at 100°C with Ba Kut Teh and Fish Head soup being the most popular among all. I had the Ba Kut Teh soup, which was fragrant and packed a quite strong herbal taste. This was actually the first time I had steamboat using Ba Kut Teh soup, and to be honest, it really seemed weird. But hey you gotta try everything right? We also tried the Fish Head soup, which had a smooth creamy texture and a nice milky taste. Just imagine Fish Head noodle’s soup but a lot thicker.
After trying Ba Kut Teh soup, I switched to Golden Porridge soup instead. It was a light tasting broth, with an appetizing golden-yellow color from the pumpkin added. By the way, different types of soup has a different boiling and cooking temperature. For porridge, it is advisable to maintain the temperature at 60c after it boils to avoid the base from getting burnt.
I preferred Fish Head soup because the taste simply blended better with seafood. Ba Kut Teh soup on the other hand fared better if wantan and dumplings were cooked with it. On the seafood’s freshness, it is there but not the freshest I ever had. The easiest way to know is simply looking and at the prawn shell. If the shell turns black after being cooked, or soft and sticks to the flesh when you try to deshell, you would know the prawns are not at the freshest.
Besides, it would be better if sea tiger prawns were used instead of reared ones. I am damn particular when it comes to seafood especially prawns, my palate could differentiate the quality very clearly. If you tasted prawns caught from the sea before, you would know their sweetness and texture far exceed reared ones.
100°C’s special dipping sauce is made up of five different condiments, as prepared by the staff for us. Slightly spicy, sweet and nutty it was a nice for the steamboat. If you are feeling creative, there are 20 sauces to choose from to experiment for your very own condiment.
100°C’s menu also features some cheese baked dishes such as Cheese Baked Escargots @ RM9.80 for half a dozen. Nothing special about this dish because the snails were quite tasteless and purely depended on the cheese for the flavoring. I noticed there were sand in the snails as well. Maybe the shells or snail were not cleaned properly before being popped into the oven.. not really sure about that but it surely had a bad effect on the dish.
Hu La La is a new upcoming dish that would be featured in 100°C’s menu in March. It was basically some fried buns oven baked with lots of cheese, best enjoyed warm. Since it was not on the menu yet, there wasn’t a price for it.
Named ‘Mei Ren Yu’ in Mandarin, or translated to Mermaid in English, this dish is a combination of deep fried butterflied anchovies and macadamia nuts in a sweet and spicy sauce. It was also a new dish which wasn’t on menu but I am guessing it is more of a finger food looking at the serving size. Mermaid was one of the dishes I enjoyed the most for its crunchiness with its sweet and spicy taste hitting the perfect spot.
Next was 100°C’s top seller from their BBQ menu – Chicken Chop on a stick marinated with black pepper and turmeric @ RM6.80. The chunks of chicken meat were very flavorful after being marinated for a long time. Quite spicy too.
Fried Fish Head with Chili Oyster Sauce was another personal favorite of mine. The fish head had plenty of flesh, crunchy on the outside and soft inside. But what really made the dish great was the chili oyster sauce that gave the spicy kick.
I was quite surprised to know that Baked Squid was available too. The sourness and spiciness level were just right, making it a very appetizing and tasty dish if eaten with rice. Very recommended.
Cheese Fondue set @ RM18.80 was a disappointment mainly because of the cheese itself. I felt the cheese had a weird taste, and the fire was not strong enough to melt the cheese hence making the food felt stone cold. It came with some fried chicken, nuggets, fried buns, fries and broccoli, with none of them was nice really. So, it seemed like the cheese related food was all let down for me.
Two drinks we had that night were Fruit Punch (front, to be introduced in menu later) and Pineapple Strawberry drink.
There are two floors of seating area at 100°C. The ground floor is a normal steamboat area, where the indoor is reserved only for steamboat meals while the outdoor would be solely for BBQ and steamboat in the near future. If a more unique dining experience is preferred, you may head to the 1st floor where the steamboat area is of Japanese Tatami style. The ambiance at this floor is nice and warm.
Both floors have a sauce counter where all the 20 types of sauces are placed.
Overall my dining experience at 100°C was a pleasant one, quite a nice place for steamboat for the huge variety of food to choose from. Service was good too because you get attended to almost instantly just by pressing the buzz button located on each table. Ah well, if only the cheese related food fared better.
100°C Steamboat, Teppanyaki & BBQ Restaurant
H-2-01, block A, No 2,
Jalan PJU 1A/41B,
Pusat Dagangan NZX,
Ara Jaya PJU 1A,
47301 PJ Selangor